…enjoy a quick paced cozy mystery about a clue finding cat or you can take your time and appreciate a well written full fledged mystery novel. Be prepared for your pulse to quicken when you think all is safe! ~Laura’s Interests
The elevator won’t go to the tenth floor, someone is breaking into condos, and the well-heeled Ukrainian renter isn’t paying the rent. Beth and Arnie have retired to the building where Beth’s last rental unit is located, and Beth, the klutzy landlady, has declared herself through solving mysteries. Then, her renter is arrested for the murder of the neighbor who fell (was pushed?) from the tenth-story balcony and the dead neighbor’s grandchildren are left with only their wheelchair-ridden grandmother to care for them. Beth feels compelled to help out.
Are Sylvester’s psycho-cat behaviors providing clues? Is the renter actually the killer? Do the break-ins and elevator problem have anything to do with the murder? Even Arnie, who has always told Beth to keep her nose out of police business, gets involved—for the sake of the children.
About the Author
Joyce Ann Brown, the author of the Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery series, set in Kansas City, was a librarian, a landlady, and a Realtor before becoming a short story and novel writer. She also has two mischievous cats.
Her actual tenants have never disappeared, murdered, or been murdered. Nor have any of them found a skeleton in the attic. Joyce has never solved a crime. Moose and Chloe, her cats, haven’t sniffed out a mystery, at least not yet.
Joyce spends her days writing (with a few breaks for tennis, walking, and book clubs) so that Beth, the landlady in the series, and Sylvester, the Psycho Cat, can make up for her real-life lack of excitement in a big way.
I live in the Kansas
City Metro and set my stories in a cozy Kansas City neighborhood.
Tell us your latest
The third book in my Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery series, Nine Lifelines, was launched
this summer. Recently, I won special recognition for an entry in a flash
fiction contest sponsored by my local chapter of Sisters in Crime. I love
writing short stories and blog posts when I’m not writing my next book.
When and why did you
Since I’ve enjoyed
writing since I was a child, I guess I considered myself a writer every time I
wrote a story for children, an article for a newsletter, or a presentation for
When did you first
consider yourself a writer?
I wasn’t paid
specifically for my writing until about seven years ago when I started writing
for a local publication. I started calling myself a freelance writer after
What inspired you to
write your first book?
I took a workshop on
mystery writing and found that I loved the puzzle of writing mysteries as much,
or more, than I loved reading them. Cozy mysteries have always been one of my
favorite genres, and I started my first book during that workshop.
Do you have a
specific writing style?
Readers have told me that my writing reads as if I’m talking to them—telling
them a story. That sounds correct, because I was a professional story teller
for several years.
How did you come up
with the title?
It was tricky. My
working title was “Saved by a Whisker,” but I wanted something that would
indicate Sylvester and Beth saving lives. I came up with “LiFeline”
because it contained the word “feline.” (The first two books in the series are CATastrophic Connections and FURtive Investigation.)
However, there are other books with that title. Nine LiFelines
contains two cat puns.
Is there a message in
your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The theme could be
stated as “Don’t stick your head in the sand.” If you see that someone needs
help, don’t turn away. Hm. Now that I read it, I see it’s a negative theme. It
should be stated, “Help your fellow man.”
What would you like
my readers to know?
addresses some immigrant issues that
will hopefully make you think.